The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations â€“ cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.
Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly birdâ€™s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.
With TitanCeram, Villeroy & Boch has created a new kind of ceramic material, which combines delicate forms with unusually stability. The secret is the fusion of ceramic materials and titanium dioxide. The material now was used for the new bathroom collection Finion. The design of this collection is made by Patrick Frey, who is renowned for his unusual yet useful combinations of form and function in his works. In the interview, Patrick Frey talks the work with the material ceramic and the new collection.
In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. Itâ€™s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests donâ€™t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. Thatâ€™s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model â€“ even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.
Nature is extravagant, it produces everything in excess. But it also thoroughly reuses all this excess production. Man too produces things on an abundant scale. However, much of that cannot be reused and is often also difficult to dispose of. This is just as true of the interior design industry as of any other, and yet there is a growing number of designers who are making use of the cycle of nature.
With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we donâ€™t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone â€“ feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his masterâ€™s project at Folkwang University, the bureau â€śKabinettâ€ť, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function â€“ the bureauâ€™s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.
At the imm cologne 2018, the young talent competition Pure Talents Contest will take place for the 15th time. Young design talents from all over the world can apply for an exhibition at the Cologne fair with their prototypes. The registration for the young designersâ€™ competition is free of charge. Deadline for entries is 22 September 2017.
Lucie Koldova is guest of honor of Das Haus 2018. The young Czech designer from Prague is known for her extraordinary flair in designing lighting fixtures and lighting effects. For the seventh year running, the international interiors show imm cologne has invited an international designer to use architecture, interior design and furniture in a simulated house in order to make a personal statement about contemporary living.
Cologne based furniture designer Thomas Schnur designed â€śThe Factory of Ideasâ€ť for interzum 2017. It is based on a series of innovative and sustainable products by the polymer producer Covestro, many of which are extensively used in the furniture industry.
In 2018 imm cologne presents the new trade fair format Pure Architects for the first time. The two themes of bathrooms and smart homes will be major focal points in this segment. With the interactive Smart Home installation, imm cologne is not only turning its attention to an important future issue, but showing live how new technologies are having an impact on the design of living spaces â€“ and how interior design is responding. For exhibitors from the bathrooms sector, Pure Architects offers a unique opportunity to present their creative ideas for modern bathrooms in the context of an international interiors show.